This Sweet Potato Casserole was a staple at our holiday dinners growing up. It is simple to make and will please even the pickiest eaters.
It’s taken me a while to get this Sweet Potato Casserole up because I can’t write it without getting weepy. When my husband and were getting married, my sister put together an album of recipes from family and friends as a wedding shower gift.
As soon as I got wind of what she was doing, I specifically requested the recipe for my grandmother’s Sweet Potato Casserole, because this recipe is the best. We always serve it at Thanksgiving with mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, and my stuffing recipe.
Sweet Potato Casserole
Sweet potato casserole ingredients
- Yams – My preference is canned yams, but you could use fresh yams or sweet potatoes if they are well cooked.
- Butter – Please don’t substitute margarine. We like salted butter, but unsalted will also work.
- Eggs – Regular eggs, nothing fancy to see here.
- Vanilla – Definitely use pure vanilla extract, not imitation vanilla when cooking or baking.
- Sugar – Plain white granulated sugar.
- Flour – All purpose flour. Do not use self rising flour as we do not require additional salt or leavening agents in this recipe.
- Brown sugar – We usually use light brown sugar, but dark brown sugar will work in this recipe too.
- Almonds – Slivered almonds add the perfect amount of crunch and nuttiness to this recipe.
How do you cook sweet potatoes for sweet potato casserole?
We actually don’t cook the sweet potatoes (or yams in this case) for our sweet potato casserole, instead I like to use canned yams.
If you prefer to use freshly baked sweet potato, then I’d suggest baking them in the oven, cooking the sweet potatoes in the crock pot or even steaming them in the microwave! Make sure your sweet potatoes are cooked until soft all the way through.
How long do you bake sweet potato casserole?
How long you bake sweet potato casserole depends on how deep your casserole is. Aas you can see from the pictures I tend to make mine on the deep side and so will cook it about 60 minutes in a 350 degree oven.
Can you make a sweet potato casserole ahead of time?
Yes, you can make a sweet potato casserole ahead of time. I usually make my mine up to two weeks before the holidays.
This recipe is delicious hot or cold, so leftovers are kind of a life goal. You can also make it up a few days ahead and reheat in the oven, or freeze it several weeks in advance!
What type of canned yams in sweet potato casserole?
I am partial to Bruce’s canned yams for this recipe. That said, if you don’t have canned available, fresh baked sweet potatoes work as well. I find sweet potatoes in the slow cooker give the creamiest result.
Can you freeze a sweet potato casserole?
You can freeze a sweet potato casserole. To freeze a the casserole, make sure the dish has cooled down completely, then cover securely and place in the freezer .
You can cook a pre-made casserole in the oven by thawing it first and then baking for 30 – 45 minutes, or you can place it in the oven while frozen (make sure your utensils allow for this and cook longer (usually an additional 30 – 60 minutes.
How do you reheat sweet potato casserole?
If you’re heating it from frozen, we suggest letting it thaw on the counter for a few hours and then popping it in a 350 degree oven until it’s hot throughout (about 30 – 45 minutes).
If you’re just wanting a scoop of leftovers, a quick 30 – 60 seconds in the microwave should do nicely.
Sweet potato casserole is a holiday recipe in our home so we typically serve it alongside a perfectly roasted turkey and crock pot ham. For sides I love macaroni and cheese, roasted green beans, and dinner rolls.
Don’t forget to finish the meal off with a slice of pecan pie or scoop of pumpkin ice cream!
More Holiday Recipes
More Sweet Potato Recipes
Sweet Potato Sausage Breakfast Hash
Sweet Potato Peanut Curry Soup
Fig Glazed Rack of Pork with Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes Recipe
- Corningware 12 Piece Bakeware Set – I got this Corningware set when Wesley and I were married in 2003 and we still use it all the time. Especially during the holidays!
- Bruce’s Yams, 40 ounce – use whatever yams you like, or even baked sweet potatoes if you’re in a pinch. But these are what we use in our casserole. I like to rinse the sugar off them first.
- Hand Carved Wood Trivet – I love a pretty trivet. We have a collection of all different types.
- Cinnamon Scented Pinecones – You guysssssss. Starting in August, I buy alllll the cinnamon cones and cinnamon brooms. I love them so. I also maybe buy pine scented candles. Because yasssssss.
- KitchenAid Classic Stand Mixer – admittedly, I don’t use it as often as maybe I should because #notabaker. But this sweet baby comes in super handy when I’m making a giant triple batch of this delicious Sweet Potato Casserole recipe. Or, my yummy Ginger Molasses Cookies recipe!
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How to make sweet potato casserole
Sweet Potato Casserole
SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE:
- 80 ounces canned yams drained (2 large cans)
- 1 stick 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 3 eggs
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 - 2 cups flour
- 2 sticks 1 cup butter, softened
- 2 cups brown sugar packed
- 2 cups slivered almonds
- Combine BASE ingredients in a large bowl and blend well with an electric mixer. Pour into a greased casserole dish and spread evenly.
- In a second large bowl, combine flour, butter brown sugar, and almonds, blend well with an electric mixer. Add additional flour as needed to make topping slightly crumbly.
- Distribute TOPPING evenly over casserole dish. Bake on center rack at 350 degrees for approximately 60 minutes. Topping will get brown and toasty.
Love holiday casseroles? Try our Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes and Ham Bake next!
I cannot find any reference to oven temperature. Please help!
oh my goodness! 350F! I'm so sorry!
Hello! What size pan would you say? I feel like that would be a lot to fit in to a 9×13 but I'm not sure.
yes, that should work fine 🙂
The topping on this casserole truly makes it AMAZING!
I am a fan of crust on my sweet potato casserole and this recipe NAILS it!
What a sweet gift from your sister. Treasured forever and ever I’m sure! There’s nothing that beats a recipe that’s passed down from our grandmas, right?
This sweet potato casserole is a must- have for holiday dinners and that topping has my name all over it!
Karen Teeling says
if making weeks in advance and freezing, do you put the streusel topping on before freezing or after thawing?
I put it on before freezing and have never had an issue, but you could definitely do it the other way too! 🙂
How long would this keep in the fridge? Could I make this on Monday night and bake on a Thursday?
I’d probably pop it in the freezer if you’re going to prep it more than 2 days in advance 🙂
Yuuum, April this looks so delicious!!
If making ahead and freezing, do you cook it before freezing, and then bake once thawed, or freeze it unbaked? I couldn’t completely tell from the instructions.
April Woods says
Bake before freezing 🙂